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    Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

    Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies waiting to tear their family apart. This long-buried sin is only a single thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK. Penn is forced to confront the most wrenching dilemma of his life: Does a man of honor choose his father or the truth?

    Drenched in southern atmosphere, Natchez Burning marks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense, disturbing, and filled with electrifying plot twists, this novel commences the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.

    ©2014 Greg Iles (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    • Johni
    • 09/05/2014

    Giving the Narrator One Star is Generous!

    I couldn't listen for more than 30 minutes because the reader is HORRIBLE! Why would anyone choose him over Dick Hill? I recommend buying the Kindle edition for a more enjoyable experience.

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    • Mary
    • 03/05/2014

    Terrible Narrator - Really, really BAD

    What would have made Natchez Burning better?

    Someone else reading it. A pro like Scott Brick or Dick Hill. Lorelei King would have been a million times better than this guy!

    What could Greg Iles have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Love Greg Iles - hate this narrator's performance so much that I could not get through the first chapter.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In everyway possible. Over-acted, no enunciation, way too much voice inflection. Just terrible, terrible performance. The company that released it would do well to just toss this performance and get someone else to read it.

    What character would you cut from Natchez Burning?

    none. I couldn't get through the first chapter because of the narrator.

    Any additional comments?

    I vote to permanently ban the narrator from ever performing on another audio book.

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    • Carolyn
    • 29/04/2014

    Can't get past reader

    What made the experience of listening to Natchez Burning the most enjoyable?

    Just started book but worst reader ever. I can't hear story because of extreme theatrics of reader.. This is very disappointing.

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    • W Perry Hall
    • 02/05/2014

    Mississippi Burned

    The audio version of NATCHEZ BURNING is such a disappointment. I'm finishing it in hardcover.

    Perhaps I'd have a different view had the narrator (and the producer) not decided that this should be orally portrayed as a Shakespearean tragedy to be shout-acted from the stage.

    Maybe that too could have worked if he could call on the range of voices needed for the myriad characters introduced in the first quarter of the book (I've heard). But, he doesn't; nor does he have the requisite acting skills. His gaudy effusions evoke a blushing empathy and recollections of my summertime TV conflicts with Mom to drown out the latest, worst soap opera hero.

    Our narrator here sounds as if he's going for the voice of a 1960s Southern black from the documentaries on the civil rights battles of the 50s and 60s: FOR ALL OF HIS CHARACTERS (with some slight moderations), from the 1960s African American to the numerous KKK rednecks-from-hell to the lily-white main character, a Southern mayor in the 2000s.

    In short, the narrator gets in the way of THE STORY. I bought the audiobook because of THE STORY. It seems like the publisher would want to hire a narrator that at least, if he couldn't help the story, would not hurt it.

    On the bright side though, I've purchased the book in hardcover and look forward to finishing it in the ink. My parents grew up in Natchez during the early period of the book so I was looking forward to this in audio. Oh well.

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    • shelley
    • 01/05/2014

    WHERE IS DICK HILL????

    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator! I am having such a hard time listening to this. I think I would be better off reading it. Story is great but I am having such a hard time enjoying this because of the narrator.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This is the worst narrator I have ever listened to. After listening to all of the previous with Dick Hill who is wonderful, I am so disappointed. His inflections and candece is just wrong and no southern accent.

    Any additional comments?

    Who picks the narrator? They should be forced to listen to this!

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    • Eric
    • 29/04/2014

    Worst narration of an audio book in history!

    What disappointed you about Natchez Burning?

    I have been a fan of Greg Iles for a long time and have been waiting for this book for YEARS! The previous narrator in the series (dick hill) was THE voice of these characters and the nuance he added to the story helped make them my favorite audio books. Why they would change to a new narrator is beyond me and why they would use someone who from the sound of it has never actually heard someone from the south speak is flabbergasting. I've never been more disappointed in a book in my life.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The end of the screeching

    What didn’t you like about David Ledoux’s performance?

    Nothing to like. AWFUL

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    • kimberly
    • 06/05/2014

    I enjoyed it.

    Perhaps more than one narrator would have made the performance better. At times Mr. Ledoux and his various accents left a bit to be desired. Other than that, I love Greg Isle and I'm getting ready to start Bone Tree right now.

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    • The Dark Side
    • 31/05/2015

    Great story about prejudice in the South. In the past and the present.

    Greg Iles is one of my favorite authors. The main reason is that his novels can not be easily categorized. I usually prefer crime/mystery stories . And this one is both. And very suspenseful. Not a moment goes by when you've really calculated which way the story will go next. I also appreciated the narration. Overall the perfect southern story. I've always lived in the southern US, and unfortunately know many of these opinions still prevail. My only hope is that future generations will grow up without all the ingrained bias the 50's and 60's .

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    • John L. Walston
    • 10/07/2014

    Bloated

    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who might enjoy this book. Maybe people with short term memory loss; people who need to hear the same episodes and the same ideas repeated over and over and over. How many times do normal people need to hear that Penn is worried that the APB might be dangerous for his father?

    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Iles again?

    Probably not.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I do not know how much my distaste for the book influenced my opinion of the narrator's performance.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed. I have enjoyed the Penn Cage series up until this turkey.

    Any additional comments?

    This book seemed bloated to me. Too many characters really did not add much to the telling of the story. Too many things written about as though they were important and then abandoned. Why tell us about Albert's records in the fireproof underground records if they are not going to play a part in the book. Too many characters that behave like no one would ever act. If this is a prequel to another book, it is way too long. The action was not believable. Henry went from ICU to hero. Penn shot a tempered steel chain in two.

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    • Mel
    • 02/01/2015

    Iles Returns to Writing, Returns to Natchez-Almost

    After a near death collision in 2011, Iles has struggled back to give readers what he says is the *first of a trilogy,* the very ambitious Natchez Burning. From what little I've read about his accident it seems a miracle the author made this return. It's good to know that Iles is recuperating well and will continue to write. Whether or not I'll continue to read...I'm still uncertain. The word *trilogy* attached to this 800 page behemoth has me feeling like someone just offered me a piece of pie after I just finished a pie eating contest.

    I've liked this author's previous books and especially found his portrayal of Mississippi seductive. Though his novels are consistently heavy on the violence, the morality of Penn Cage and his dedication to family, truth, and justice, as well as his love for the South, have always kept me wanting to return. Natchez Burning was the first of his books that I've had to force myself to continue. Substantial in both page count and story, Iles has over achieved in ways, and may have sacrificed some of the important points he is trying to make regarding the racial history of the American South. In comparison with the previous Iles novels I've read, this one was poorly edited (very poorly edited), congested with an overabundance of psychopathic sadists, and stuffed with pointless digressions and repetition, repetition, repetition. For me, much of the book seemed implausible, and the focus drifted from the civil unrest of the South that I was interested in following, to the gratuitous violence of Iles' characterizations of vitriolic *good 'ol boys* in white hoods.

    Dick Hill has always been as much of the Iles novels as Will Patton is James Lee Burke, Ray Porter and Jonathan Mayberry...but I came to accept Ledoux, more than I accepted this work of Iles. There is a good and entertaining story here, but in so many ways, this was not the Iles I'm used to. Sadly, not up to my expectations.





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    • Nicole Pohl
    • 19/11/2014

    I can only say: stick to the story

    This is my first review on an audio book in English. As the book is narrated in English I decided to write my review the same way. My native language is German so my apologies in advance for possible strange verbalizations.

    I am quite a sort of “freshman” on audio books. This year I discovered the many advantages they have. As a mother and full time responsible in my job, I did not really read a book anymore although I once enjoyed it: lack of time, no desire in reading or too many pauses between the chapters so I often already had forgotten what it actually was about. Listening to a story made it possible for me to plunge into a story during driving, cooking, sports or even before sleeping. Now it is almost incredible not to grab an audio book and listen to it.

    The novel I will give my full attention to on today is “Natchez Burning” the latest part of the Penn Cage series by Greg Iles. I actually came to the series by accident when taking the 2nd part “Turning Angel” (German title: “Blackmail”) from my local library this summer. First I thought: ‘All right: seems to be an interesting story – the characters get their time to develop – quite nice to listen to.’ But the deeper I got into that entangled tale the more I liked it the way how all the different strings came together ending in a kind of finale I could not get my ears off. After that I was addicted to the series and could not wait to listen to the other two parts that confirmed my intuition to really enter a great narration.

    Penn Cage is a complex but straight character with principles and the confidence to go for the good – unless this sometimes is a question of someone’s point of view because as a prosecutor he once sent a couple of convicts to the death chamber. Now as a mayor in his Southern homeland Natchez, he sometimes uses unconventional methods to reveal profound crimes. But this is the interesting core: the protagonist himself has often to deal with his past and his decisions he makes to bring the truth to the surface. But the very distinctive thing to many other novels I have read or listened to is, that next to the protagonist most of the other characters – regardless of their appearance or meaning during that story – get a sort of equal status by telling all details about their role in the story that are necessary to know in order to recognize the scope of the whole narration.

    There are certainly listeners (or readers as well) who quickly feel bored or less entertained by this kind of telling a story as it sometimes goes far afield regarding its characters or also historical events as in “Natchez Burning”. I think it is one of the big plot devices that give this story its pulse – starting comparably even tempered then becoming increasingly noisy until ending in an inevitably fateful showdown where I sometimes was close to shut my ears from what I was listening to. It straightway reminded me of a literary version of Ravels ‘Bolero’.

    Penn Cage tries to find out who is behind the sudden death of Viola Turner, a former black nurse who worked at his father’s medical office in the 60ies. She had disappeared for decades and now suddenly appears in Natchez – obviously for dying because she is terminal ill. He quickly gets suspicious that someone must end her life by force and had a motive. His investigations lead him to influential political circles and to a reporter of a local newspaper who already did detailed and long time research on the backers belonging to the so called Double Eagles – an extremely violent wing of the Ku Klux Klan and their hidden crimes from a bygone era.

    Cage and her fiancée Caitlin Masters resurrect some antagonists they were not even able to foresee. The risks of their research surge up waves they can hardly escape from. The Double Eagles still have power and influence in that town Cage is the mayor and they use it to beware of the threat to them that their deep dark past could get revealed after 40 years. But Penn Cage’s need to rock the boat, finding out how his father possibly is involved in the events is stronger than to weigh the menace that comes straight towards him. So he gets deeper and deeper into the struggle of his father’s past making him stagger and pull the rug out from under him. Whom shall he believe or trust? Furthermore his investigations bring all to danger he loves and cares of…including himself.

    Some concluding annotations about the narrator of the audio book David Ledoux: He is a great performer with an astonishing diversity in his voice. I was quite impressed that a man’s voice can even speak little Annie – Cage’s daughter – as credibly as an aged man speaking in a strong Southern slang – or giving his voice the feeling of self-confidence or menace the same easy way as being frightened or relieved just a moment later. Above all: I was able to understand the narration almost completely without the permanent help of a dictionary. Good narrating.

    I can only say: stick to the story, have the endurance until showdown. You won’t regret it at all. I can’t wait to listen to the next part “The Bone Tree”. Thank you Mr. Iles for the pleasure I have by listening to your audio books.

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    • Harald
    • 11/05/2015

    Fortsetzung ist da!

    Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an Natchez Burning gefallen?

    Im Prinzip kann ich mich allen Vorrednern anschließen: ein tolles Buch mit packendem historischen Hintergrund. Toller Sprecher im englischen Original! Allerdings war ich tagelang genervt von dem Ende, das diesem Sehr in die Tiefe gehenden Buch überhaupt nicht gerecht geworden ist. Die Enttäuschung hielt bis heute an, denn ich habe die (engl.) Fortsetzung gefunden: The Bone Tree, das genau am Ende des ersten Teils ansetzt. Es kommt wohl auch noch ein weiterer Teil. Nach den ersten Höreindrücken bin ich versöhnt. Es spricht zwar ein anderer, aber nicht schlechterer Sprecher und es ist schon jetzt wieder sehr spannend! Also nicht vom Ende abschrecken lassen!

    Wenn Sie dieses Hörbuch verfilmen könnten wie würde der Slogan dazu lauten?

    Black swampy water - Im Sumpf des Südens

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    • Dagmar Alexandersson
    • 17/07/2014

    endless beginning

    Würden Sie es noch mit einem anderen Hörbuch von Greg Iles und/oder David Ledoux versuchen?

    Ich liebe die deutschen Greg Iles Bücher; wie ist es möglich, dass dieses Buch so missraten ist ????? Zu viele Nebengeschichten ; keine story kommt zu Stande; verwirrend und langweilig! Habe dem Buch 6 Stunden gegeben; more than enough! out !!

    Würden Sie sich wieder etwas von Greg Iles anhören?

    ich wäre mit dem Englischen jetzt wohl sehr vorsichtig.. vielleicht war das Buch aber auch zu lang und "musste" so viel ausschweifen ..???

    Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit David Ledoux gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

    noch nicht, aber ich sollte es wohl mal versuchen

    Welche Figur würden Sie in Natchez Burning weglassen?

    Harry and his buddies ( endless )

    Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

    deswegen schreibe ich ein Urteil, denn wie findet man sonst raus ob ein Buch ok ist oder nicht

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    • Dr. Michael Scriba
    • 17/06/2015

    Cool

    Spannend, manchmal etwas langatmig... Man bleibt aber dabei. Das Ende etwas zu offen... Mal sehen